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Here Are The 100 Most Innovative Universities In The World, 2018

Located in Palo Alto, California, Stanford Stanford has been named the most innovative universities in the world, according to Reuters’ fourth-annual ranking of the 100 most innovative colleges. It is Stanford’s fourth year running on the most-innovative list. Stanford filed 691 patents between 2011 and 2016. 41.5% of those were subsequently granted.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge ranked No. 2 on the list – filed 1,480 patents between 2011 and 2016. 45% were subsequently granted. Notable alumni include Charles Koch, the co-owner of Koch Industries, and John Thain, chairman, and CEO of the CIT Group.

US universities continue to stand out as the most innovative in the world – 8 of the top ten on the newly released 2018 list— and 46 of the top 100 — are located in the US.

Six of the schools from last year’s top 10 are there again (the University of Minnesota System dropped from 8 to 27, Vanderbilt dropped from 10 to 11). The list identifies and ranks the educational institutions by comparing factors like the number of research papers published and how many patent filings a school made in the last year.

The 100 most innovative universities in the world, 2018:

1Stanford UniversityUS
2Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)US
3Harvard UniversityUS
4University of PennsylvaniaUS
5University of WashingtonUS
6University of Texas SystemUS
7KU LeuvenBelgium
8Imperial College LondonUK
9University of North Carolina Chapel HillUS
10Vanderbilt UniversityUS
11Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST)South Korea
12Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)Switzerland
13Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)South Korea
14University of California SystemUS
15University of Southern CaliforniaUS
16Cornell UniversityUS
17Duke UniversityUS
18University of CambridgeUK
19Johns Hopkins UniversityUS
20University of TokyoJapan
21California Institute of TechnologyUS
22Osaka UniversityJapan
23University of Michigan SystemUS
24Northwestern UniversityUS
25University of Wisconsin SystemUS
26Kyoto UniversityJapan
27University of Minnesota SystemUS
28University of Illinois SystemUS
29Georgia Institute of TechnologyUS
30University of UtahUS
31University of Erlangen NurembergGermany
32Ohio State UniversityUS
33Columbia UniversityUS
34Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
35University of TorontoCanada
36Tohoku UniversityJapan
37University of PittsburghUS
38Yale UniversityUS
39Sungkyunkwan UniversitySouth Korea
40University of OxfordUK
41University of Colorado SystemUS
42Tufts UniversityUS
43Baylor College of MedicineUS
44Tsinghua UniversityChina
45Technical University of MunichGermany
46Kyushu UniversityJapan
47Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
48University College LondonUK
49Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
50Purdue University SystemUS
51University of ChicagoUS
52Oregon Health & Science UniversityUS
53University of ManchesterUK
54Indiana University SystemUS
55University of MontpellierFrance
56University of MunichGermany
57Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
58Emory UniversityUS
59Peking UniversityChina
60Sorbonne UniversityFrance
61University of British ColumbiaCanada
62Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
63National University of SingaporeSingapore
64Princeton UniversityUS
65University of ZurichSwitzerland
66Hanyang UniversitySouth Korea
67Case Western Reserve UniversityUS
68Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
69Rutgers State University New BrunswickUS
70Boston UniversityUS
71University of Massachusetts SystemUS
72Johannes Gutenberg University of MainzGermany
73Wake Forest UniversityUS
74Keio UniversityJapan
75Korea UniversitySouth Korea
76University of FloridaUS
77Leiden UniversityNetherlands
78University of Paris Descartes - Paris 5France
79Hebrew University of JeruslemIsrael
80University of CincinnatiUS
81University of FreiburgGermany
82Ruprecht Karl University HeidelbergGermany
83State University of New York SystemUS
84University of Claude Bernard - Lyon 1France
85University of VirginiaUS
86Dresden University of TechnologyGermany
87University of IowaUS
88Ghent UniversityBelgium
89Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
90Hokkaido UniversityJapan
91Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael
92Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
93Zhejiang UniversityChina
94Fudan UniversityChina
95University of MiamiUS
96Arizona State UniversityUS
97University of Paris Sud - Paris 11France
98Gwangju Institute of Science & TechnologySouth Korea
99Nagoya UniversityJapan
100Free University of BerlinGermany


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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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